The ultimate “take-out” is that the cost of government is rising, not falling, despite the cuts to bureaucracy and despite the rhetoric of private sector efficiencyRead More
by Michael West | May 10, 2018
Of the half a billion dollars earmarked for the Great Barrier Reef in Tuesday’s Budget, the lion’s share goes to a foundation with climate-denial links and whose patrons make the largest donations to the ruling Liberal National Party coalitionRead More
by Michael West | May 1, 2018
Wherever taxpayer dollars up for grabs, rent-seekers will be there by the dozen. In Australia’s aged care sector, governments pick up some 70 per cent of the chit while private providers rake in the profits, often deploying aggressive tax avoidance schemes. The upshot is that taxpayers effectively get hit twice.Read More
by Michael West | Apr 29, 2018
Exclusive interview with head of Australia’s biggest infrastructure project, DisConnex. Project secrecy, cost, engineering and impending privatisation.Read More
by Sandi Keane | Apr 28, 2018
In the light of the yet to be published report on the social and economic benefits of the NBN,...Read More
by Michael West | Apr 21, 2018
There has been great surprise at the revelations of bad behaviour by this country’s biggest...Read More
by Sandi Keane | Apr 20, 2018
It is clear that the “misconduct” of the senior executives of AMP is far worse than the “misconduct” of the senior executives of Rio Tinto and the revelation of this misconduct by the Royal Commission had a material effect on the share price of AMP shares.Read More
by Sandi Keane | Apr 13, 2018
Heads you win, tails we lose. Is this a guiding principle in the privatisation of Australia’s biggest infrastructure project, WestConnex? As laid out in our “Blind Faith” investigation, the government of NSW has tilted the playing field in favour of WestConnex bidders thanks to a scheme to artificially make the tollroads longer, and by jacking up both the number of roads tolled and the tolls themselves.Read More
by Michael West | Apr 8, 2018
The taxman is tougher on small business than big business, of that there is no doubt. Here are two short stories: one of Susan and Greg, a couple from Queensland who lost their house after running a cafe for 16 yearsRead More
by Sandi Keane | Apr 4, 2018
In the endless election cycle that Australian politics has become, Malcolm Turnbull is facing a...Read More
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New Michael West Podcast
Created by PodcastOne, this 3 part series looks into how Australia has gone from one of the cheapest countries in the world for energy to one of the most expensive, and reveals just what has happened with our gas and electricity supply and why we are on the verge of an energy crisis.